15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached
unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
15:2 By which also ye are saved,
if ye keep in memory what I preached
unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received,
how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
15:4 And that he was buried and that
he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.
15:5 And that he was seen of Cephas (another
name for Peter),
then of the twelve.
15:6 After that, he was seen of above
five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this
present, but some are fallen asleep (died).
15:7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
15:8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of
15:9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called
an apostle, because I persecuted
the church of God.
15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am; and his grace which was
bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they
all; yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
15:11-13 Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so
ye believed. Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how
say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there
be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen.
15:14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your
faith is also vain.
15:15,16 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have
testified of God that he raised up Christ; whom he raised not up, if so
be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ
15:17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in
15:18 Then they also which are fallen
asleep in Christ are perished.
15:19 If in this life only we have hope
in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits
of them that slept.
15:21 For since by man came death, by man came also the
resurrection of the dead.
15:22 For as in Adam
all die, even so in Christ
shall all be made alive.
15:23 But every man in his own order. Christ the firstfruits; afterward
they that are Christ's at his coming.
15:24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom
to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority
15:25,26 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his
feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
15:27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith
all things are put under him, it is manifest that he (the
Father, Who is over all in authority and absolute power)
is excepted, which did put all things under him.
15:28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the
Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that
Father) may be all
15:29 Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the
dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?
15:32 If after the manner of men I (Paul)
have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead
rise not? Let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die.
15:33 Be not deceived. Evil communications corrupt good manners (or,
'watch your words, that they don't contribute to immorality').
15:34 Awake to righteousness and sin not; for some have not the knowledge
of God; I speak this to your shame.
15:35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what
body do they come?
15:36 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it
15:37 And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall
be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain.
15:38 But God giveth it a body as
it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.
15:39,40 All flesh is not the same
flesh. But there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts,
another of fishes, and another of birds. There are also celestial bodies,
and bodies terrestrial. But the glory of the celestial is one and the glory
of the terrestrial is another.
15:41 There is one glory of the sun and another glory of the moon,
and another glory of the stars. For one star differeth from another star
15:42,43 So also is the resurrection
of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption. It
is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it
is raised in power.
15:44 It is sown a natural body; it
is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual
15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam
was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
15:46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which
is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy. The second man is the
Lord from heaven.
15:48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy. and as
is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear
the image of the heavenly.
15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit
the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
15:51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we
shall all be changed.
15:53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption and this mortal
must put on immortality.
15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and
this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass
the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
15:55 O death, where is thy sting?
O grave, where is thy victory?
15:56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth
us the victory through our Lord Jesus
15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always
abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour
is not in vain in the Lord.